This coffee is from the norther higher elevation area of Peru. When we cupped it, I was in love with its balance of both syrupy mouth-feel, nutty complexity, but still fruity sweetness. These characteristics are definitely due to the farm’s efforts in elevation and sorting. AA is a designation for the sorting that means this coffee not only maintains a high standard of taste/quality but it also is very consistent in its make-up from bean to bean. Very few defects. (The black bear Peru is the same region, but less prestigious designation, just for comparison).
THIS IS ADVENTURE COFFEE, but CAN BE COMFORT. It isn’t overly fruity, due to its processing, but the more delicate flavors might be lost on people looking for a “dark roast.” Its nuttiness and sweetness are perfect for the holidays.
Mr. Octavio Rafael Herrera Ordoñez, known as 'Otto', worked in coffee for 25 years and is currently retired. The farms are currently under the administration and operation of the second and third generation of the Herrera Family with over 50 years of experience in growing coffee. The family has been pushing the quality of the coffee processing allowing their plants to bring forth their best qualities.
FincaLosAngelesis on the west side of the village of Hoja Blanca in Huehuetenango, Mexico almost visible down the valley to the northwest. Rising from 1525 to 1800 MASL, Arturo's lots exist on two sides of a sheer ridgeline. Mature Chalum, Mandarín, and Capulin trees rise at angles, providing afternoon shade for the Bourbon, Caturra, and Maragogype plants below. Pure mountain spring water is used for processing their coffees.
The land is managed by Arturo's son Vielmann Vides Villatoro Castillo, an enthusiastic farmer. For eleven years he lived inLosAngeles, and he loves to talk about his experience picking fruit there. The difference in agricultural pay affected him profoundly: he moved from California, where he'd been paid $40 per apple bin, back to Guatemala where they paid Q40 ($5) per 1 quintal (100 pounds) of coffee cherries. He decided after a decade it was time to return to Cuilco to be with his father, and to care for the farm. Soon after returning, Vielmann was married and bought more land to grow coffee. He built more drying patios and worker housing. Along with his wife and three siblings, the family looks forward to leaving the land and legacy to their beloved children to continue.
Jose Alvaro Cruz Chala - Honey - Anaerobic - Limited
lemon, stone fruit, tangy, cocoa, lime, melon, juicy
Country/Department/Municipality: Columbia - Tolima - Planadas
Process: Honey - Anaerobic fermentation
Elevation: 1800 Meters
This is the first of a number of very special coffees we have coming from Columbia. Not only does Columbia produce some of the worlds most sought-after crops... they have started leading the way in experimental fermentation. This Honey-Processed Tabi from Jose Alvaro Cruz Chala was put through anaerobic fermentation after the initial pulp was removed from the cherry. What this means is, they got rid of the oxygen during this process. This controlled environment gives all the acids in the coffee a chance to DO THEIR THING. Their is not one specific flavor-note that anaerobic processing produces, but the way I boil it down is ... by cutting out the environmental factors, this process lets the coffee amplify flavors that normally don't get a chance to shine. We only have a limited Amount of this coffee.
The Signature is a blend of coffee developed with the help of our regulars. Our goal with this coffee was to come up with a blend that our community of coffee drinkers would love. To do that, we asked our customers to guide us in determining its components and its roast level.
The signatures on this bag are from our customers who have helped make this coffee.
Want to help? Learn More about our coffee tastings here. We would love to see your signature on this bag.
It takes a crowd to make a crowd-pleaser.
Cupping Notes: Dark Chocolate, Fall Spice, Graham, Almond
I, Jeff, have a grandmother from northern Mexico, our home here in Southern California has a massive love for all mexican food from street food to sophisticated (I am looking at you Taco Maria), and our new seasonal drinks are massively inspired by our neighbors down south.
So when we sourced this amazing coffee San Pedro Yosotatu from Oaxaca, we wanted to do more with it. So we added a splash of our Ardi Natural, and have made our first seasonal blend.
It is great for filter, espresso, or just to stare at this gorgeous bag design by Haley Russo.
In honor of my Grandma, my love for tacos, and all those celebrating Día de Muertos... Cheers!